We live in a world where much emphasis is placed on success - "You need to go to school to get an education so you can get a better job so you can reach your full potential so you can make more money so you can buy a bigger house or flashy car so you can be somebody!" Everywhere you look, someone is searching for the next big break. Here's what some say about success:
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
"The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others."
"The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me."
"Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve."
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."Now notice the wisdom of God in the Bible at Psalm 1:1-3*: "Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked and does not stand on the path of sinners and does not sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of Jehovah, and he reads His law in an undertone day and night. He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, a tree that produces fruit in its season, the foliage of which does not wither. And everything he does will succeed."
So, we must shun anyone who ignores God's laws. Then we should delight in the law of Jehovah, which means to have a deep appreciation for God's Word, with a desire to learn more about it and to understand it better. Lastly, we need to read the Bible on a regular basis, meditating on what we read and putting the principles it contains into practice in our own lives. When we acquire accurate knowledge and understanding of Jehovah God and develop full confidence in Him and His promises, we will, without a doubt, become spiritually healthy and happy too. This is success in God's eyes.
*New World Translation Bible available to read/download free here
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